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Children and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other. The behavior may be verbally, emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually abusive. You as a parent may have left an abusive relationship or you may still be in one.

The following fact sheets are to help you understand how children may react to domestic violence, and how you can best help them to feel safe and valued and develop personal strength.

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?
Celebrating Your Child's Strengths
Before You Talk to your Children: How Your Feelings Matter
Listening and Talking to Your Child About Domestic Violence
The Importance of Playing With Your Children
Keeping Your Children Safe and Responding to Their Fears
Managing Challenging Behavior of Children Living with Domestic Violence
Where to Turn if You Are Worried About Your Child
Helping Your Child Navigate a Relationship with the Abusive Parent
A Parent's Self-Care and Self-Reflection